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[captioning made possible by deutsche welle] captioned by the national captioning institute -- -- >> "euromaxx" highlights. in this edition -- hotel-to-hotel, the a dutch blogger stays in 365 hotels in one year. a swedish electronic music tew o's duo is an internet sensation. distinctive designs. peter submit is the look behind some familiar products. "euromaxx" highlights and here's your host, robin may recall. >> hello and welcome to the show from our studios here in berlin.
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i recently gave away a rather lovely old school desk that was no use to us anymore. as the first rourt would show i shouldn't have done this because vintage children's furniture is all the rage and brand-new designer furniture as well. there are boutiques that specialize in such objects in miniature. >> chairs. tables. closets. it's now possible to furnish a child's room completely with sclue designer furniture. the manufacturer cartel is aftering its most popular models? children's versions. like this. >> this often happens when the desirers become parents themselves. that simply makes them more aware of children's behavior. for example, they love to take part in the world of grownups
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without absolutely unbreakible children's chairs. >> the competition isn't sleeping either. this company produced its version of its beloved classics. the womb chair by this desirer is available for -- designer is available for adults or children. >> the price for this around 750 euros. this paris boutique beluga specializes in design products for children. here, too, it is the chairs that are particularly popular, and they come in all shapes and colors. >> designers simply love to create chairs. they are especially popular as a collector item. nearly everyone has a special model at home. what people don't realize is that children's desirer --
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designer chairs have existed since 1960. >> thag why she also offers original vintage products like children's chairs by these designers. they have a sitchpleaks nation for the increasing demand of children's designer furniture. >> parents are not just interested in having good-looking children's room. children used to have to remain in their rooms and now they bring their chairs into the living room. no one wants an ugly chair in the living room. so things have developed. >> all the rage at the in a moment paris are original school desks from the 1950's to the 1970's. this designer is also profitting from the boom in vintage items. her little studio she restores
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children's furniture. >> this wagon is a toy from the 1940's. we've given it a new look, cut out these little hearts and repaired the original wheels. i think what people like so much about vintage things is that they remind them of their own childhoods and they like the wood and the associated quality. >> one floor below, her boutique, we find a colorful array of items. besidse restored antiques from the 1950's to the 1970's. there's also new furniture built to old plans. they have furnished their own home in the same style. the children's rooms meet a designer's expectations and the children like it too. >> we have our own style. our room is different from other people's. it's not so easy to copy us.
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>> designer children's furniture that is particularly exclusive is often sold by auction. the brussels auction house -- is holding an auction on september 16. this from the 1960's is expected to fetch 9,000 to 16,000 euros. perhaps a bit expensive for the children's room. >> just a bit. amsterdam has long had a problem with living space so when vincent van dike wanted to move there he nemp found an apartment. but amsterdam has around 365 hotels, the number of days in a year. so he's been staying in one every day and writing about them. we join him on his daily routine. >> tonight vincent van dike will be staying in a smal family-run
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total in amsterdam. he'll be living out of a suit case until the end of the year. that's when his project comes to an end. the 36-year-old is writing a blog about his experiences in amsterdam hotels. >> one day i was still sleeping in my bed and the cleaning lady came and took away my sheets and then she realized that i was still in the bed. i just was laughing at -- and thought oh, my god! this is a nice story to write about. >> vincent works in advertising. after more than 11 months he's grown used to life as a hotel nomad. >> i used to have a lot of stuff which i never used. and when i was moving from one house to another house you carry with you all the plans, photos, books you never use anymore. i threw away everything, and it feels like accident.
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-- feels like zen. >> he moved to amsterdam in 2009 because his company had opened a new office. the p.r. professional came up with an idea for a new project when he realized how hard it was to find an apartment. >> i just called some hotels and told them about my idea writing a book about hotels and they were really enthusiastic about that plan. because they had quite a hard time to -- because of the economical situation. >> in the early days vincent van dike would plan his hotel accommodation weeks in advance. now he generally has no trouble getting a room apart from one night during the peak summer season. >> in one night the whole city was full. the airport was full. and then i partied all night with my friends, and i checked
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in the next morning very early in the o hotel. >> tonight he's looking fward to a night in a luxury hotel. he gets a personal welcome from the hotel director who tells him straight away that he won't have to pay for his stay. >> it's going to be a very interesting way of reviewing the hotels. very personal experience. one person experiencing all these hotels. so it's one viewpoint. so i think it will be an interesting view and it gives a good insight on what's available, what's there? what can we improve on? >> so he gets as positive an impression as possible he's given the royal suite. the hotels are anxious to please and have even sponsored clothes, and computers. >> funny. i always get a lot of these flents hotels. sometimes a table full but i
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never take it with me because i can't carry it in my suit case. >> vincent van dike has now received invitations from hotel ins new york and paris and rio danger narrow. but he wants to stay in amsterdam. next year he'll be rite writing about his stories in a book. >> it's more than a bible. the publisher said it's too much information. we have to pick out nice stories. and that will be hard to make a selection of all the stories. >> he doesn't really know what he'll do when he's finished with a hotel pronl but doesn't think he could ever live in a house. 3w but right now his plans are to spend new year's eve in a hotel and the next night in a homeless shelter. >> youtube has thousands of clips but only few get as many as one called 8 bit trip made by
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swedish electronic music duo. difficulty to pronounce but known as anyonea mow ped. 8 million clicks and counting with animated leggo. >> daniel larsen. and thomas redish. the swedish duo's animation have brought thousands of leggo's pieces alive. it's an homage to the early video game like pac-man from 19 0. the digital artists live in the countryside 350 kilometers west of stock home. stock homo. they set up their studio in a
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barn. thomas redish earns money as a carpenter and larsen is employed by a meadow working firm. working in the eengs they spend 1,500 hours, more than two months all, creating the figures and their video. >> we started, and we thought it wouldn't be like a long time. but when we had to work for a couple hundred hours, and we haven't get so far that we couldn't quit because then all the work would be for nothing. so we had to keep on going. >> and that's how the 8-bit trip video came about. first a separate leggo video is created for each karate move then the am are is made sure it
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won't blur and the camera is repositioned for the next shot thenal all the frames are put into consequence to create the final video. >> and this is the final product. leggo animation has other advantages, though for other material. >> like clay animation, it's quite you have to -- like melting together and stuff. but the leggo is quite -- it can build whatever you want. and yeah. it's fast. and you get the colors right or so on. >> redish and larsen built a special table to build their animation. it allows them to row tate their table with precision between shots. >> this way they can create the impression of natural movement.
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the video has been watched over 8 million times on line in less than a year. >> in the first week we got 2 million. i hardly slept that week, because we were such a high round, this youtube clip. and yeah. felt really good. >> the sound studio of larsen at home. they also draw their inspiration from the old 1 0 video games. the duo bit pop is currently working on their fourth album. they are not bothered that their videos are far more successful than their musical output. >> in this case, it helps the picture to grow more, i think.
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>> this is anyonea mow ped's next project, an animation using only coins. it hasn't gone online yet but already won a flies sweden at up with of the world's biggest computer festivals. now they are working on their next big coup. always in the hope they'll break their audience record. >> just goes to show what can be achieved in the proverbial shed of the bottom of the garden. good luck to them. if you don't want wine with a fine meal, the alternatives are not that enticing. water, cola, lemonade. none of these really compliment food really well. now we've been to a chef flaunt munich where the chef's selection is one typical to that you'd mind? a samonye.
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>> shake, mix, power play. the chef, mixing drinks is another of his passion. these aren't just cocktails but sophisticated juice mixes called cuvay's. >> i'm making apple -- plum juice with a lit of black current and eljer barry. what we've called is our juice cuvay it's the recreation of the monte puchano wine. >> they sport 40 different juice creations 269 guests can choose their dish, fish or meat and select a juice to go wit just like there are different wines
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to go with different meals. >> i just recommend this with back current and alternative for a sove enjan blanc. >> these cuvays which like wine go with certain recipes, they are a rising trend. he has tasted very nice non-alcoholic drinks at trades and fairs. >> we've decided the food industry wants to be specially create i and come up with something that's other than an apple juice spritser or coke. and a lot more than usual alcoholic beverage. >> back to wolf. he is mixing special juices for
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the guests. he calls them creations because he has a different wine for every creation. he only uses fresh juices because only those have fresh aroma. others have too much preservetives. so only fresh juices. >> my secret is the mixing proportions. aye experimented a lot from that. i learned from experiments that some mixtures need two. some need three or four to i bring out thes best flavor and make it the perfect drink for your food. >> the recipes are top secret and serveed in red or white wine glasses to allow the aromas to build. a black current sits good with lamb. bow tannic acid makes it taste like a dry red wine. juice, not wine is in. alcohol is losing its popularity
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compared to its heyday in 1980. >> people now are fitter and exercise and but don't want to give up on the tastes. so they go to restaurants and mix up juices to save those taste buds for each individual course. >> he want it is complete taste experiment. they ordered matching wines as well as juices. >> i love this. >> the juice is fantastic. unbelievably like a wine. nice and fruity. slightly tart, like a wine should be. it's a wonderful alternative. the only thing missing is the alcohol. otherwise it's perfect. >> juice can never fully replace wine, because it always has more residual sweetness. nevertheless they do have dink
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aromas and can taste dry. >> i'm proud of these cuvays. and not can claim they can serve 40 different juices to go bill yabtly with their food. >> they cost five to seven euros per glass and always taste different because like wines, not every year is the same for fruit juices. >> such a shame you can't taste things through the tv. well, you never know. perhaps one day. >> german designer peter submit is one of this country's most successful product designers and the man behind many a concept or logo working for clients as diverse as these. and the german armed forces. at 73 he's still going strong. and the new book shoycasting his
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work goes on sale this week. so a look back now at his i will lust use career. -- illustrious career. >> bottles for classy fragenses -- fragrances. supermarkets and drug stores are full of his creations. some of which have become design classics. but who is behind the design? it's pater. he is not nearly as fame otherwise as his work. >> that's because i always place myself behind the products. i never wanted to be at the fore front. and i recognized early that i prefer to indulge my shyness in reserve rather than be a player in a world that's not mine at all. there are people who yearn to pose. i don't have that at all. i'm more afraid of myself.
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>> peter submit's work is everything to him. four years ago he planned to retire and sold his design studio. but even now even in retirement, he still works with a small team in a studio in hamburger. he's just designed some perfume bottles again. submit has -- smith has designed many bottles. his best work was for jill, the little bottle is now in an exhibit in new york's miami of -- new york's museum of modern art. >> the form is very important. and it can reflect the fragrance. if it's too refind, it goes beyond the fragrance so the secret of great scrents and bottles is that they are not completely congruent. an imagination which women have
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more so than men also plays a role. >> born in 137 in the suburban city he moved to amburg after studying art. in the 980's he secured his break through as a product designer and designed world famous logos for the hugo bozz and other labels and true to his snile all his works and has helped shape sbols for the public secter in germany. >> i had to have a lot of time to consider, first, what i've done. and when i did it all. there are things i've chosen to forget and don't want to know about it. but with others that i re-discover, i they hey, that wasn't bad at all. >> after more than 20 years with major lablet, he is looking for a change of pace and found it
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with classical music. he foined it while liveing in this area. 1994 he designed his first state set. since then, he has worked for ballets, theater and opera as in this staging of "parse value." he's createed in hamburger and zureb and considers such work a separate realm from product design. >> in my original profession, there is lots of preparation. you can go to the printing press or glass factory and observe how something is made and interrupt it. but in this world where you are now, you can't do that. the lights go on and everything has to work. and smith has contributed a great deal to cultural life in hamburger where he now lives. the city made him an honorary
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professor and he has created an architectural monment. >> smiths can't seem to stand still. >> i could never imagine restricting myself to a single theme. that's never worked for me. and i don't see it working in the future, either. part of my interest is that i have an almost pathological yearninging for conversation with people. i think life is mainly a dialogue with other people. >> to generate new space for the style. smith has now designed a future amphetamine museum for the city of frankfurt and specializes on human activity. the designer is -- what's the use if i know something but
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can't pass it on? >> peter smith useds to work with young designers on projects and during all this activity of course, he's dreaming up new designs for perfume bot lings. >> and that's all we've got time for today. if you'd like to know more about the program, go to our website at wd -- world -- for now thanks for watching and goodbye. [captioning made possible by deutsche welle] captioned by the national captioning institute
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